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Associate Charge Nurse Manager

Intellectual Disability Service

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent, full-time position 1.0 FTE
  • Dunedin - safe, family friendly with excellent schooling options
  • Do you have a drive to motivating and encouraging others within a team?
  • Are you looking for the next challenge in your mental health nursing career?
  • Join the supportive team in the Special Needs Unit where each day will be different and challenging

About the team

The Intellectual Disability Service (IDS) is part of the Specialist Mental Health Services based at Wakari Hospital. The IDS comprises of three parts, Ward 10a - a 12 bed inpatient service, Helensburgh Cottage - a four bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and the Community Liaison team. You will work alongside the multidisciplinary team comprising of Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Mental Health Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists.

Ward 10a is a medium secure 12 bed inpatient service for Intellectually Disabled clients, aged 17 to 65 years, who require assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act or are subject to the criminal justice system via the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003.

About the role/about you

We are looking for a positive and confident registered nurse who has the drive and enthusiasm to motivate staff and engage them in their clinical development; you will be a respected professional in your own right, and an exceptional team member with strong communication skills.

The role will provide Nursing and Operational support, leadership and management primarily to Nursing staff on ward 10a with an expectation of being available to provide input and advice to all members of the clinical team as required.

The role will also deputise for the Charge Nurse Manager where and when required.

The role will serve to model mental health nursing care based on theoretical knowledge and experience of acute mental health along with an ability to work with and supervise Nurses and Health Care Assistants.

There is also an expectation to continually develop one's own knowledge and skill to enhance practice and contribution to the team on ward 10a.

You will also be involved in maintaining the ongoing development of ward programmes within a SafeWards frame work.

In addition to your Registered Nurse qualifications and registration (Active APC) the successful applicant will be Level Four (expert) (or working towards) on the Southern District Health Board Professional Development Programme. In addition to your nursing qualifications you will also have post graduate qualifications (relevant to mental health), at a minimum a diploma, but preferably a master's degree (or working towards one).

All employees of the Southern District Health Board working with in Mental Health and Addiction Services are expected to demonstrate a commitment to 'The Seven Real Skills' (Te Pou Workforce Development, see

About the Southern DHB

Here at Southern DHB, we're up to the challenge of realising our vision of Better Health, Better Lives, Whanau Ora; and to help us achieve this we're very focused on bringing into our organisation people who display our values of being Kind, Open and Positive, with a sense of Community.

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill city, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin city. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards.

The location

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! A lifestyle that is hard to beat, Dunedin is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many activities available for all ages. Some of New Zealand's most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance.To find out more about living here please click the following link:

Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.It's a great place with a great lifestyle.

Closing date: Sunday, 30 May 2021.

Due to the fast-paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, phone: (03) 214 5749 or email:

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

To apply: we only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: